Remaining Mindful

Buddha Quote

It’s been a long day, but not an unpleasant one.  I spent most of my day designing a slide show for one of my company’s clients to show at a large annual meeting, and had lots of fun trying out different photos and fonts.  Yup, I’m just dorky like that.  Unfortunately, I had my first glimpse of how inadequate Powerpoint is when compared to Keynote, since I made a visually striking show in Keynote that lost its lustre when transferred over as a Powerpoint file.  Macs just offer so many more options if you’re into making pretty projects with fun animation and slide transitions.  In Keynote, my slides flipped like pages of a book, but in Powerpoint they just slide.  Boooring!

I also spent some time looking online for an apartment today.  It’s a little tough trying to move to another city without a place to move into.  Not that I haven’t done it before, of course, but this time I’m not the one on the front line, and I’m also not the only one with demands.  My boyfriend is in charge of the search this time, and it’s been really hard on him.  We can only afford a certain amount, which means we’re priced out of all of the neighborhoods we’d like to live in.  Also, pretty much as soon as an apartment ad hits the internet, it’s taken down, and a lot of the places my boyfriend calls on are already rented, even if the ad went up a few hours previous.  To be fair, we are looking for a lower price point, with hardwood floors, a washer & dryer, and central A/C, and the place has to take pets and be in a safe neighborhood for me to walk around in, so we knew it was going to be hard.  I’m not discouraged yet, though I’m not the one doing the heavy lifting.  The best I can do is use my ability to calm and focus to remain strong for my boyfriend, providing him with help and sending out my love to keep him strong.  I know we’ll find the perfect place in the end.

By the end of the day, I was once again fighting my lazy side.  Around 5:30, I decided it just didn’t seem like a good idea to go to yoga.  Of course, this made no sense, since I’d had a really filling, pretty nutritious lunch, a power-packed snack, and lots of water in preparation for doing a good job in the studio.  Lazy Anna’s only real concern was getting home and watching a movie, and I couldn’t have that be the reason I skipped out on Day 6 of my 30 Day Bikram Challenge.  So I issued an ultimatum to myself – either I went to class, or I didn’t get to go watch Captain America.  Ever.  I know, that’s harsh, but the lazy little kid in me freaked out a bit and straightened up.  By 6pm I was out of work and driving to class, singing along to Billy Joel at the top of my lungs and overjoyed to be alive and on my way to the best place I know.

Class itself was pretty darn good, as well.  From the moment I walked in, I was comfortable, cool, and ready to get some work done.  I was holding my own gaze in the mirror really well, remaining very still and calm between poses, and got complimented a few times by the teacher for my work on several positions.  I only sat out a few times:

During the second set of Balancing Stick (it raises your heart rate and I got a little stressed)

Balancing Stick (Jensen Walker)

During the second set of Triangle (because I’m a wuss and I hate that my feet slide out – I need a couple of real yoga towels that are the full length of the mat)

Triangle Pose

During the first set of Bow (because I was lazy and a little afraid – that one always scares me a little, even though I love being in it)

Bow Pose

And during the second set of Rabbit (was feeling like I shouldn’t do another forward bend right then)

Rabbit Pose

Maybe there’s something going on in the stars right now, but a lot of my classmates also seemed to be in really peppy moods.  One girl that I’ve always found pretty intimidating was actually laughing and joking in the locker room, and smiled at me for the first time ever today.

Overall, it was a nice day.  I’m happy to be winding down now; I started out my night by turning on another episode of Saving Grace, so I might try to watch some more of it, or I might just play a game of Scrabble on my Kindle and catch some shuteye after I destroy my robot opponent, whom I call Al (the Kindle calls him A.I., as in Artificial Intelligence, but that’s just so cold).  Last night, Al won two rounds, and he’s not getting away that easy tonight.  Wow, I really am a nerd.

G’nite, luvs!

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